News Feed by Topic: Air Quality

Update: House votes to delay clean-air protections, but opposition growing

The House of Representatives has voted to delay by eight years the enforcement of some air-pollution protections, but opposition to this industry-backed attack on clean air is mounting as the measure begins a move to the Senate.... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy

Leaders across the region step up on climate action

A growing list of hundreds of localities, states, businesses, and universities across the country are responding to President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord by recommitting to the international agreeme... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy

Virginia announces move to tackle carbon pollution at the state level

Today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took a decisive step forward to fight climate change and to show the nation that, despite key environmental protections being undermined at the federal level, Virginia is moving forward. “... Read More »

State: Virginia   Filed Under: Air quality, Clean Power Plan, Climate change, Solar power, Utilities

N.C. citizens group, SELC challenge permit for polluter issued without public notice

On behalf of the Concerned Citizens of Richmond County, SELC challenged a new state air permit for a proposed Enviva wood pellet plant because it was issued without any notice or opportunity for the local community to comment. The... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Biomass, Healthy environment

Trump agency attorneys signal attack on mercury rule

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked to delay a court hearing on the already-implemented federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, a signal that the administration's Environmental Protection Agency will soon have marching ord... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Healthy environment

Duke Energy proposes increasing carcinogens downstream in permit renewal

As part of its 2015 criminal plea agreement, Duke Energy admitted that bromide discharged into rivers and lakes from its coal ash operations have caused carcinogens to form in downstream drinking water systems. Some of these carci... Read More »

State: North Carolina   Filed Under: Air quality, Healthy environment, Water quality

Freeze on EPA grants puts clean water, clean air at risk as agency goes silent

Memos circulated at the Environmental Protection Agency in the first days of the Trump administration put a freeze on the agency’s grants, as well as a gag order on EPA officials discussing the grant freeze. The length and depth... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality, Federal policy, Water quality

What does the new Congress and administration mean for clean air and climate change?

The Clean Air Act has been a hugely successful public health law. Since it was adopted in 1970, the nation has seen huge reductions in pollution coinciding with major growth in the economy. The new federal administration and anti-... Read More »

Filed Under: Air quality

Neighbors opposing natural gas compressor: Let Nashville protect its air

They streamed into downtown Nashville in a pair of buses and packed a hearing room so thoroughly organizers had to retract a room divider to offer more seats. More than 150 people from Nashville’s Joelton and Antioch communities... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Air quality, Natural gas

Community pressure mounts to reject Nashville-area natural gas compressors

Nashville residents in two neighborhoods are challenging plans to put a pair of massive natural gas compressors totaling more than 100,000 horsepower inside the city limits. They’re joined by a growing list of elected leaders, in... Read More »

State: Tennessee   Filed Under: Air quality, Natural gas

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